Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Robyn Carr - Hidden Summit

Sick of running into her cheery ex-husband and his new wife, Leslie Petruso accepts a job at the Virgin River branch of Haggerty Construction and takes the high road right out of town. Now she's got Paul Haggerty's business running like a well-oiled machine. In fact, things are so busy Paul jumps at the chance to hire an extra set of hands.
Just like Leslie, Conner Danson has been burned by love. But if Leslie was disappointed by her relationship going bad, Conner was decimated. He's got no time for women; although he spends an awful lot of time pretending not to notice Leslie. And she's pretty busy ignoring the chemistry between them.
According to Conner and Leslie, they have only one thing in common; they're done with love. But everyone in Virgin River can see that things are heating up at Haggerty Construction. And as far as Paul Haggerty can tell, the best thing he can do is hang on to his hard hat and watch the sparks fly!

Comment: Here is another installment in the Virgin River series. This is full length book #15, I haven't read the novellas. At this point, things are pretty much stable, the reader knows what to expect and what will be on the page, which is a solid, romantic, well structured story.

This book tells Leslie Petruso's story and how she got finally tired of her ex walking around with a new, pregnant wife and people would stare at her with pity. Having worked for Haggarty Construction for years, she decide to change her life and move to Virgin River to be Paul's administrative. Once in Virgin River everything seems to go well, what she didn't expect was the attraction to Connor, one of the new hands at Paul's company.
But Connor isn't just a single man looking for work, he's in Virgin River with Bree's help after being witness to a crime. His life has taken a turn since that day and he's hiding until the trial. But Virgin River brings its magic to these too as well...

Once again, a story set in Virgin River has all the ingredients to work out and to be amazing.
My favorite thing, as always, was how we could see the interactions of the new characters with the known ones which is a good way to see how their lives are going on, what they are doing, where are they in terms of's really great and a wonderful way for the author to use it as a tool to further develop her story lines.

The characters we meet here are interesting. 
Connor is in the witness protection program and is living a low life to not bring suspicion to himself. He saw his old life destroyed over a good deed and now he only wants a new start for him and his sister and her children. The distance, to put danger out of the way, is taking its toll on him, as he's never been away from his family for this long. Still, he gets used to the slow paced life in Virgin River and he gets to work with wood again, something he loved since he stated working in his old company, now finished. Working for Paul proves to be a challenge too because of Leslie. One of the rules he should fallow is not to fall in love at the moment, and with a bad marriage in his past, he thins it wouldn't be a problem, but Leslie is everything he might want in a woman and despite he tried to stay away from her, they just end up getting together. The development of their romance was successful, I think, and his struggles with lying to her and trying to not fall in love were believable. He held on until he couldn't deny his feelings anymore. Sweet.

Leslie also comes from a bad marriage. To make things worst, her ex truly believes they can remain friends and should have the same rapport as before, the only change is the marital status, really. Leslie feels put aside and discarded and the last thing she wants is to be friends with someone who hurt her like that, so she tries to go away from him to start a new chapter in her life. She also thinks she isn't prepared to love but Connor pushes her buttons and after thinking she could just have an affair with him, she realizes the best thing about Connor is how perfect he is for her.

I liked their relationship it was very balanced and they suited each other. Connor eventually trusts Leslie his secrets and she has his help after she decides to put her ex out if her life for good. It was important for them to be able to trust on the other and to see how much netter it was to hold on to someone who respected them, who was there for the other.

The plot was ok, mostly based on each main character's life, so, everything else was supporting action, but it was well done.
I can't say this is a favorite, but like I said, at this point most stories follow the same pattern. I'm mostly curious about Nora's story, two stories ahead. As for this one, it had all the right elements, it could have been a bit more passionate, more fast paced, I think, but overall, a good one.
Grade: 7/10

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